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Total Blackout – PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 1)

PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 1)

It was a peaceful new day that had begun in Tourgéville. Even before the blackout, not much happened there. It was a small commune close to Deauville, a town quite popular with vacationers in the summer seeking coolness and a calming setting. Located on the shores of the English Channel in Normandy, far from the hustle and bustle of big cities like Paris, it was ideal for raising a family.

This tranquility was shattered during the blackout, and once again, to a lesser extent, when the inhabitants saw a solitary rider dressed in black and wearing a shining breastplate arrive.

I hope my parents are still here and doing well<

/em>, thought Pierre Marchais, ignoring the curious glances that weighed heavily on him.

He had made a long journey to get here. He had traveled 190 kilometers (118 miles) in four days, where a few hours would have been enough before the blackout. He had simply followed the A13 motorway to Pont-l'Évêque without entering it, then took the A132 motorway which became a departmental road just before Deauville.

This journey, much longer than estimated, had exhausted him. He could have certainly gone faster, but he didn't want to tire his mount unnecessarily.

Anyway,<

/em> he thought afterwards, there were too many trucks to search along the way.<

/em>

Indeed, all he had seen coming here were abandoned vehicles and road wrecks. Everyone was exhausted, hungry, and dehydrated.

How many times had he been hailed to ask what was happening and where he came from? He couldn't remember, as he had stopped counting quickly because there were so many. One of them had even tried to steal his horse while he was busy searching a truck carrying merchandise. Fortunately, he had reacted in time. The man had the fright of his life when he saw Pierre emerge from the truck with his saber in hand.

This event had taught him a lesson.

From these trucks, he had extracted a large quantity of food and water, enough not to worry for the remainder of his journey and even beyond, because when these trucks transported something, it was by pallets! One of them carried three pallets of water, flat and sparkling, from different brands, and enough fruits and vegetables to open and supply a grocery store for a few days, probably less now that people were desperate.

Pierre's parents had a beautiful house with a garden right next to the church of Tourgéville. There was a high hedge all around the property that had been trimmed a few days before the blackout, a few trees, and a vegetable garden. He immediately noticed when he arrived in front of the white plastic gate that the house hadn't changed a bit since he left nearly ten years ago. The lawn was still well maintained, a sign that his parents were still very attentive to this point. He had given them an autonomous electric lawnmower to help them in the garden for Christmas two years ago, but he had learned the following Christmas that it had been used only once, because his father preferred to do it himself. For some obscure reason, his father, Joël Marchais, liked to mow his lawn with his old gasoline mower.

He dismounted from his horse and led it to the gate, which he opened with one hand. The yellow gravel driveway was clean without even the shadow of a weed. The sound of his riding boots on the gravel caught the attention of his father and mother, both of whom were in the garden. They were enlarging the vegetable patch.

Joël was equipped with a sieve to remove the bulk of the roots, and there were many very small and very dense ones. His mother, Amandine, was kneeling in the grass in her work clothes, holding a large clod of earth and grass in her hands.

Both watched him advance down the driveway with his horse.

Chapter end

Catalogue
NATHAN BELCOMBE - DAY 1
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 1 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 1 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 1 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 1 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 2 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 2 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 2 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 2
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 2 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 3 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 3 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 3
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 3
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 4 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 4 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 4 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 4 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 4
KARIMA ALI - DAY 5
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 5
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 4)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 3)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 22
KARIMA ALI - DAY 22 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 22 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 31
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 68
KARIMA ALI - DAY 88
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 94
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 124
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 153 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 153 (part 2)
AMIN SAIDI - DAY 155
AMIN SAIDI - DAY 157 to 164
KARIMA ALI - DAY 169
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 188
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 195
KARIMA ALI - DAY 216
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 232
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 245 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 245
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 245 and 246
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 246
KARIMA ALI - DAY 253
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 253
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 259
KARIMA ALI - DAY 262
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